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date: 20 February 2020

(p. xiii) Acknowledgments

(p. xiii) Acknowledgments

I am very honored and appreciative to be invited by Oxford University Press to edit this Handbook of Psychology and Spirituality. This life-changing experience has brought me into relationship with exceptionally deep-thinking and spiritually minded scientists and healers. This generous gift from Oxford has created the space to centralize the brilliant and revolutionary research within spiritual psychology that previously was dispersed across journals and scattered think tanks. This handbook provides a map marked where science walks the edge of a 21st Century spiritual psychology.

It has been a delight to work with the editorial team at Oxford University Press, foremost Chad Zimmerman, who generously has shared his wisdom on the big, specific, and in between of publishing. His wise sense of the word is most present throughout this handbook. My gratitude to Sarah Harrington for granting me the gift of editor, to Anne Dellinger for her thoughtful editing and artistic work, and to Megha Shiva Kumar from Newgen Knowledge Works for superb management of the production of this handbook.

I give my heartfelt thanks to each author in this handbook. Long overdue appreciation is due to the mentors who supported this work before it was popular: my beloved doctoral mentor, Martin Seligman; my postdoctoral mentors, Myrna Weissman and David Shaffer; Carole Dweck; William Beardslee; Teachers College Provost Tom James; my colleagues at Teachers College; and The William T. Grant Foundation for funding the first 5 years of my research. Additional appreciation goes to my forward-thinking, brilliant, and steadfast colleagues in Division 36 of the American Psychological Association, many of whom are in this volume.

During the time in which this handbook was developed, two of our outstanding scholars have died. Dr. Joseph Ciarrocchi and Dr. Peter Benson, were brave, dignified, and brilliant scholars. It is a true honor to have some of their final work in this handbook. We miss them. (p. xiv)